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PTSM History

The Port Townsend School of Massage was born out of a strong desire to make a contribution to community through the massage profession.

As it turns out, there was a need for a massage school of exceptional quality in this quiet and supportive community. Port Townsend has long been known for its transformative energies, drawing body workers and natural therapists from all parts of the country.

The Native Americans respected Port Townsend as a place of growth and healing. It is at a crossroads where the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the Puget Sound converge and is surrounded by the majesty of the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascades to the east. The salty northwest wind cleanses the air and the water calms the mind.

From its conception, PTSM's evolution has been an organic unfolding. Director Susan Sherman, comments “The original vision is ever expanding with each graduate taking massage into the world with a solid foundation of massage techniques, as well as, training in ethics and professionalism from PTSM.”

The massage school has seen different locations over the years.  The very first class was held in 1996, with three students meeting in former director, Fairin Wood’s, living room. The school grew to 15 students that fall and moved into its new quarters at the Palindrome.

Since 1996, PTSM has expanded into larger locations - uptown Tyler St. and more recently Landes Court, which has been our home for over 10 years now.  We have a teaching and administrative staff of 20 and offer Continuing Education classes and advanced certification programs in Orthopedic Massage and Energy Medicine. We have over 700 graduates from our massage licensing programs.

PTSM is a web of great integrity and strength spun out of the work, dreams and energy of many. At PTSM we strive for excellence - one massage therapist at a time. Our commitment is to recognizing, supporting and enriching each individual while providing a thriving learning community which fosters excellence in natural therapies.

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